CHIWAWA's music can be labeled as alternative/pop/rock. The musicians'
wide musical background however, constantly drives CHIWAWA into prolific, rich
and seductive territories. The infectious grooves and luscious melodies, topped
by Laurie's unforgettable, five octave range voice, define CHIWAWA's
unmistakable sound. Some call it post modern post punk electro-acoustic hybrid.
Others call it simply Rock or Pop.
In studio, CHIWAWA plays vocals, bass, guitars, synths, drums and percussion.
They can be experimental at times in their songwriting, but always have an ear
for a good catchy pop tune. On stage, CHIWAWA electrifies as a duo as well as a
full 4-5 piece band.
Laurie Gordon - vocals, keyboards
Krassy Halatchev - bass, vocals, percussion, guitar, programming
Christina Dupre - guitar, vocals
CHIWAWA is a rock/pop electronic duo with Laurie Gordon (vocals, keyboards,
guitars, bass, toys), the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, and Krassy Halatchev
(bass, vocals, guitars. drums, knobs), born and raised in Communist Bulgaria.
CHIWAWA's sound is a fluctuating mood, a wave of changing winds, polarity in
vast directions pointing to a single target - harmony! Lead vocals are equally
distributed between the male and female singers. Instrumentation goes from
sparse and gentle to abundant and manic. The band's forte is heavy grooves and
visceral adhesive melodies. On stage, CHIWAWA electrifies with two or three, or
four or more bodies, dabbling with instruments and computers, topped with a solo
violin or a trumpet.
Laurie met Krassy in 1991 when she answered a classified ad which read:
"International Band Seeks Female Vocalist." What "International" really meant
was four young Bulgarian immigrant musicians defecting Communist Bulgaria in a
band called Ping-Pong. With Laurie they became Short Confession. Within three
months of their meeting, Krassy was being deported and Laurie had "no choice"
but to save the band. What started out as a "greencard marriage" blossomed from
desperate measures into true love; Laurie and Krassy settled into the Bohemian
culture of Montreal, Canada. in 1994 Laurie started her own band CHIWAWA with
Luc St. Pierre (keyboards, programming). Krassy, now playing in The Clouds
(former Ping Pong), filled in as a drummer for CHIWAWA. A couple of years later
he became a permanent member (bass, programming). Soon after Eric Willis
(guitars) also joined the band. CHIWAWA's debut album, "The Sick World Of Yona",
was released in 1998; produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission), it
quickly became a hit with the critics.
Despite a diagnosis with early breast cancer a week before the debut release,
Laurie continued to perform and front CHIWAWA, writing songs and releasing
Chimeres (2002), Bright (2005), Always About You (2007) and Bus Stop Chinese
Buffet (2009). Laurie came through louder and bolder then ever and made a full
recovery. CHIWAWA continued to write songs (not all released) with different
songwriters and musicians, including Camelle Hinds (Paul Weller) Russ Broom
(Jann Arden) and UK garage king Mikey Benn.
The duo also worked with the late Oscar nominated animator Ryan Larkin on his
final animation film "Spare Change", which Laurie directed on Ryan's behalf after
his death in 2007. Ryan was considered "the Frank Zappa of animation." Laurie's
company MusiVision and The National Film Board of Canada were the producers of
"Spare Change", which is based on Ryan's experience as a panhandler begging for
spare change on the streets of Montreal. Ryan moved in with CHIWAWA in the last
years of his life and came back to his art. A feature documentary film of how
Ryan Larkin and CHIWAWA became friends, and together performed a small miracle
will air on CTV Television early 2011. Delicious CHIWAWA music is featured in
CHIWAWA's latest album Watermark was released in 2010. The first
two singles from it ("Don't Twist My Mind" and "Calma Calma") are already making
waves on the radio.
Currently CHIWAWA is scoring the soundtrack for academy award winner Co
Hoedeman's new animation film "55 Socks". The band is also preparing to commence
work on a brand new feature film by a 3-time Oscar nominee Gerald Potterton.
Future projects include two more feature films, beginning production in 2011 and
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Bus Stop Chinese Buffet
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The Sick World of Yona